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Mayor of Reykjavík Snubs German Naval Officers

Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr announced today that because he is a pacifist, he is not going to accept visits from the officers of German warships that arrived in the capital’s Sundahöfn harbor this morning.


Mayor Jón Gnarr. Photo courtesy of Reykjavík City Hall.

“I am a pacifist and against any kind of warfare,” Gnarr said in a statement. “I am not showing any disrespect to these people. I simply don’t want to encourage warmongering. It is my sincere belief that Reykjavík should be a city of peace.”

“Icelanders should show in practice that we are a nation with no army. We should always advocate for peace and protest against war between peoples,” the mayor added.

The mayor has proposed that warplanes do not use Reykjavík domestic airport unless they are involved in search and rescue missions.

According to, this is the first time in the history of the German navy that a mayor of a city which the navy visits, generally considered honorary visits, refuses to meet its chief officer.

A helicopter belonging to the German warship Berlin is currently at the disposal of the Icelandic Coast Guard while one of its helicopters is being repaired.

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